General Sessions

BrailerDavid J. Brailer, MD, PhD, Chairman, Health Evolution Partners

What's Next? Analysis of Current and Future Trends Transforming the Health Insurance Marketplace
Tuesday, December 4
9:00 am - 10:00 am

David J. Brailer, MD, PhD is known around the world as the father of the health information technology movement in the United States. Over the past two decades, he has shaped the evolution of health care through his work as a physician, researcher, educator, entrepreneur, policymaker and investor. Business Week describes Dr. Brailer as “slick and funny” with the “deft delivery of the software company CEO he once was.” The readers of Modern Healthcare voted him the Most Powerful Person in Healthcare in 2004. He is known as a relentless champion of innovation and entrepreneurialism in health care.

From 1994 to 2002, Dr. Brailer was Chairman and CEO of CareScience. CareScience developed the nation’s first online portal for physicians and hospitals as well as the nation’s first health information exchange. Under his leadership, the company built a network of hospitals and physicians that is still improving quality of care today. 

In 2004, President Bush tapped Dr. Brailer to be the nation’s first National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. In his role as the nation’s “health information czar”, Brailer developed and led the national strategy for adoption of health information technology. 

In 2007, Dr. Brailer founded and became Chairman of Health Evolution Partners, a private equity fund focused on the health care industry. Health Evolution Partners invests in companies that are leaders in health care services, information technology or life sciences. Dr. Brailer serves on the Board of Directors of Walgreen Co. and Optimal IMX. He is also a member of the Health Care Policy Advisory Council at Harvard Medical School. 


 

CourneyaPatrick Courneya, MD, CHIE, Health Plan Medical Director, HealthPartners, Inc. 

Redesigning the Health Care System: Possibility or Wishful Thinking
Wednesday, December 5
8:45 am - 10:00 am

Dr. Patrick Courneya is HealthPartners Health Plan Medical Director. HealthPartners is a top ranked member governed health plan based in Minnesota serving the needs of regional and national customers. Dr. Courneya provides senior medical leadership in Quality and Utilization Management, Health and Medical Management, customer facing initiatives in the area of Health Initiatives, and provides visible medical leadership for Customer Business Units and external entities. He directs a talented team of medical directors providing medical leadership in development of policy and strategy for the health plan. Dr. Courneya received his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Courneya has served as medical leader in various roles at medical group, hospital, and health plan levels. He continues to practice part time in the HealthPartners medical group. He is passionate about his family, his work, and his sailing.


 

CoyeMolly Joel Coye, MD, MPH, Chief Innovation Officer, Institute for Innovation in Health, UCLA Health System

How the Digital Revolution and Disruptive Innovation Will Create Better Health Care
Tuesday, December 4
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Dr. Molly Joel Coye is the Chief Innovation Officer of the UCLA Health System at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the Institute for Innovation in Health at UCLA. The Institute for Innovation in Health leads the health system in identifying new strategies, technologies, products and services that will support large-scale transformation of healthcare delivery and population health management. The UCLA Health System is a national leader in research and healthcare delivery for both highly specialized tertiary and quaternary clinical care and managed care services for large populations.

Dr. Coye was the founder and CEO of the Health Technology Center (HealthTech), a non-profit education and research organization established in 2000 that became the premier forecasting organization for emerging technologies in health care. Dr. Coye has also served as Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey, Director of the California Department of Health Services, and Head of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Coye is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, and Chair of the Board of Directors of PATH, a large nonprofit organization in international health. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Aetna, Inc., Prosetta, Inc., and the American Telemedicine Association, and a past member of the boards of the American Hospital Association, the American Public Health Association, The California Endowment and the China Medical Board, as well as the advisory boards of healthcare information technology and services investment firms. Dr. Coye holds M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Johns Hopkins University and an MA in Chinese History from Stanford University and is the author of two books on China.


 

CroppMichael W. Cropp, M.D., M.B.A., President and Chief Executive Officer 

Redesigning the Health Care System: Possibility or Wishful Thinking
Wednesday, December 5
8:45 am - 10:00 am


Michael W. Cropp, M.D., M.B.A. is the president and chief executive officer at Independent Health. Under his leadership, the organization delivers products and services that improve the health of almost 375,000 customers – and has been consistently recognized nationally for excellence in quality, service and innovation.

Dr. Cropp is a board-certified family physician. With more than 25 years of experience practicing medicine and working as a physician leader, Dr. Cropp has a long and distinguished career in public health service. He was an associate medical director and family physician for three managed care organizations, and also served as medical director for the Millard Fillmore Health System. 

In 1996, Dr. Cropp joined Independent Health as executive vice president and chief medical officer. After effectively leading the medical team at Independent Health for several years, he was appointed president and CEO in 2004. His medical background, combined with his unique ability to understand the diverse components of effective health care delivery, made him the ideal person to lead Independent Health into the future. Under his leadership, the company continues to provide outstanding health coverage and has been at the forefront of the transformation of health care. In 2009, Dr. Cropp and the rest of the Independent Health executive team were named executive team of the year by HealthLeaders Media magazine.

Dr. Cropp’s approach of engaging physicians as partners, implementing initiatives with  community-minded results, and focusing on customer-centric ideals have earned Independent Health both local and national recognition. For three consecutive years, Independent Health is the highest ranked health insurance plan in the New York/New Jersey region by J.D. Power and Associates Member Health Insurance Plan StudySM. The company has also maintained “Excellent” accreditation status with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (or NCQA), an independent organization that evaluates health plans throughout the country. In 2009 and 2010, Independent Health was the highest rated health plan in the nation for customer service according to NCQA's Quality Compass®.

Dr. Cropp’s focus on building leadership capacity for sustainable accountable quality care reaches beyond Western New York as he has served in leadership roles on the boards of national health care organizations, including serving as Vice Chairman of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

Dr. Cropp has established several community initiatives to improve access, quality and affordability of health care. He is the founding chairman of the P2 Collaborative of Western New York – one of the original grantees in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) grant. P2, which stands for Pursuing Perfection, comprises more that 180 partner organizations representing employers, faith-based organizations, hospitals, physicians, education, social agencies, labor coalitions and others.

He is also the founding chairman of Western New York Clinical Information Exchange (WNYCIE doing business as HEALTHeLINK), a consortium of multiple community stakeholders working to provide electronic access to health information across our entire community – a recent recipient of the government’s Beacon Community award.  

Dr. Cropp was part of a delegation of WNY health care leaders invited to a meeting in Washington D.C. to promote WNY’s initiatives in building sustainable health care model. He was also the keynote speaker at UB’s School of Public Health and Health Profession commencement in May 2010.

In addition, Dr. Cropp’s community involvement has benefited many non-profit organizations over the years. He earned the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of the Finger Lakes & WNY’s Service to Mankind Award for his efforts to raise funds for research to treat those suffering from blood cancers in WNY. He also has been on the board of the Olmsted Center for Visually Impaired for 10 years, serving as board chairman for the last four years. In 2012, he received Leadership Buffalo’s Community Impact Award, the Seneca Nation Diabetes Foundation Chairman’s Award and the University at Buffalo’s School of Management Alumni Association’s Buffalo Niagara Executive of the Year Award.

Dr. Cropp received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Brown University, and completed his residency in family practice at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, which is affiliated with Brown University. In addition to his medical education and training, Dr. Cropp earned an M.B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


 

DentzerSusan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs; On-Air Health Analyst, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) 

Moderator 



Susan Dentzer is the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal of health policy, and is an on-air analyst on health issues with the PBS NewsHour. She previously led the NewsHour’s health unit, reporting extensively on-air about health care reform debates. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations, and chairs the Board of Directors of the Global Health Council. She is also on the board of Research!America. Dentzer graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita of the college, and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School and is an Overseer of the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization. 


 

FendrickMark Fendrick, MD, Co-Director, Center for Value Based Insurance Design, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Redesigning the Health Care System: Possibility or Wishful Thinking
Wednesday, December 5
8:45 am - 10:00 am

A. Mark Fendrick, M.D.is a Professor of Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine and a Professor of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Fendrick received a bachelor’s degree in economics and chemistry from University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fendrick completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. He currently directs the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design at the University of Michigan [www.vbidcenter.org], the leading advocate for development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative health benefit plans.

Dr. Fendrick’s research focuses on the clinical and economic assessment of medical interventions with special attention to how technological innovation influences clinical practice, benefit design, and health care systems. He has authored over 200 articles and book chapters and lectures frequently on the quality and cost implications of medical care to diverse audiences around the world. Dr. Fendrick remains clinically active in the practice of general internal medicine. He is the Co-editor in chief of the American Journal of Managed Care and is an editorial board member for 3 additional peer-reviewed publications. His perspective and understanding of clinical and economic issues have fostered collaborations with numerous government agencies, health plans, professional societies, and health care companies. He serves on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee. In 2009, he was named one of the “20 people who make healthcare better” by HealthLeaders Media for the creation and implementation of value-based insurance design.


 

GergenDavid R. Gergen, JD, is a Senior Political Analyst, CNN; and Professor of Public Service and Director of the Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

New Congress, New Challenges, and Political Realities
Wednesday, December 5
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Over the past three decades, he has served as a White House advisor to four presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. In the mid-1980s, he began a career in journalism, becoming editor of U.S. News & World Report. He joined the Kennedy School faculty in January 1999, while remaining editor at large for U.S. News and a frequent television analyst. In the fall of 2000 he published a best-seller, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton. He also chairs the National Selection Committee for the Innovations in American Government program.


 

GlaserJohn Glaser, PhD,Chief Executive Officer, Health Services, Siemens Healthcare 

The Use of Data and Analytics to Support Health Care Delivery System Transformation
Tuesday, December 4
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

John Glaser, PhD currently serves as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Health Services Business Unit of Siemens Healthcare, where he is responsible for heading Siemens’ global healthcare IT business, including product development, strategy, portfolio management, financial performance, and overall customer satisfaction. Prior to joining Siemens, Dr. Glaser served as the Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, Partners HealthCare, Inc. and the Vice-President, Information Systems at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Glaser was the founding chairman of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and is the former chairman of the eHealth Initiative Board and the Board of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology. He is a former Senior Advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

He is also past president of the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and has been a recipient of CIO Magazine’s 20/20 Vision Award and has been elected to the CIO Hall of Fame. Additionally, Partners HealthCare has received several industry awards for its effective and innovative use of information technology. Dr. Glaser has published over one hundred and fifty articles and three books on the strategic application of information technology in healthcare. 


 

JHAAshish Jha, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health 

The Use of Data and Analytics to Support Healthcare Delivery System Transformation
Tuesday, December 4
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Ashish Jha, MD, MPH is associate professor of Health Policy and Management in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also an associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, associate physician at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and VA Boston Healthcare System. Over the past three years, he has served as Special Advisor for Quality and Safety to the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Dr. Jha is a practicing general internist with a clinical focus on hospital care. The major themes of his research include: 1) Quality of care provided by health care systems with a focus on safety, efficiency, and effectiveness; 2) Health information technology as a tool to reduce disparities and improve the quality, efficiency, and safety of care; 3) Disparities in care, with a focus on the quality of care provided by minority-serving providers; and 4) Hospital governance and its impact on quality of care.


 

Roy, AvikAvik Roy, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

What's Next? Analysis of Current and Future Trends Transforming the Health Insurance Marketplace
Tuesday, December 4
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Avik Roy is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His research interests include Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and consumer-driven health care. He is author of The Apothecary, the influential Forbes blog on health care policy and entitlement reform. He writes regularly for Forbes and National Review, and his work has also appeared in National Affairs, USA Today, The Atlantic, The American Spectator, and other publications. He regularly appears on public-affairs television programs, including on MSNBC, CNBC, HBO, Fox News, and Fox Business.

Roy is also the founder of Roy Healthcare Research, an investment research firm in New York. Previously, he served as an analyst and portfolio manager at J.P. Morgan, Bain Capital, and other firms.

He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied molecular biology, and the Yale University School of Medicine. 


 

TopolEric Topol, MD, Gary and Mary West Endowed Chair of Innovative Medicine, Scripps Translational Science Institute; Cardiologist; Geneticist; and Author, The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How The Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care 

How the Digital Revolution and Disruptive Innovation Will Create Better Health Care
Tuesday, December 4
10:30 am - 11:30 am

As a leader in the movement to modernize medical treatment through the latest technology, Dr. Topol is creating new, more effective ways to treat patients – ways that will dramatically bring down the costs of health care. His new book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How The Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care, is about how social networking, smartphones and the powerful new tools that sequence each individual’s genome will give consumers control of their own individ¬ual information and revolutionize medicine. 

Dr. Topol is working to bring a new kind of medicine into widespread practice: specifically-designed treatments based on the individual’s unique genetic structure. This innovative approach, combined with the latest in medical technology, opens up a world of highly personalized treat¬ment, better care, reduced need for hospital beds, and lower costs for everybody.  


 

WilenskyGail Wilensky, PhD, Senior Fellow, Project Hope

What's Next? Analysis of Current and Future Trends Transforming the Health Insurance Marketplace
Tuesday, December 4
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D. is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation. She directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs and served in the White House as a senior adviser on health and welfare issues to President GHW Bush. Her expertise is on strategies to reform health care, with particular emphasis on Medicare, comparative effectiveness research and military health care.

Dr. Wilensky currently serves as a trustee of the Combined Benefits Fund of the United Mine Workers of America and the National Opinion Research Center, is on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Medical School and the Board of Directors of the Geisinger Health System Foundation. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and has served two terms on its governing council. She is a former chair of the board of directors of Academy Health, a former trustee of the American Heart Association and a current or former director of numerous other non-profit organizations. She is also a board director of Brainscope, Quest Diagnostics and United HealthGroup. Dr. Wilensky testifies frequently before Congressional committees, serves as an adviser to members of Congress and other elected officials, and speaks nationally and internationally. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan and has received several honorary degrees.